January 28, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) shoots during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Are The Sacramento Kings' Jimmer Fredette And Tyreke Evans Wanting To Be Traded?

Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

It’s been no secret that the Sacramento Kings have made efforts to explore trades involving two of their stars (at least by name) in Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette for the past few months. That’s not to say the Kings actively pushed to trade either player or that they were even considering an actual move – it’s the job of a front office to improve the team and players like Evans and Fredette, who both played under expectations, held the most value of any players the Kings were open to moving. It’s a business, after all, and when one makes an offer – as a front office, you listen.

Unfortunately, in this day and age listening to offers means you, as a player, are essentially on the trade block and that’s when feelings get hurt. Take into account the report from Hoopsworld’s Steve Kyler this morning, in which he says that both Evans and Fredette would be welcome to a trade that would move them outside of Sacramento:

The Sacramento Kings added Aaron Brooks in free agency and word is that both Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette would like to see a trade.

Initially, it seems a bit baseless but Kyler explains himself further in the piece and he’s not exactly known to pull things out of the air. We’ve seen unhappiness from both camps (Jimmers and Reke’s) publicly before, which appear to be Kyler’s “sources” (for a lack of better terms) so it doesn’t come as a shock that either player could be deemed less than happy in their current roles. Though, there seems to be more speculation than fact in the report. That said….

Evans has made no qualms about his hesitance to play small forward, even coming out and stating he plays better with the ball in his hands (and he’s right), but with a full backcourt and two “true” points now on the roster in Isaiah Thomas and Aaron Brooks, you wonder how much time Evans will spend directing the offense as he prefers. Fredette on the other hand, appears to be the odd man out in the Kings current backcourt rotation, a move that certainly can’t sit well on the surface – nobody wants to ride the pine, especially with a pedigree (even though it’s collegiate) like Fredette’s. But keep in mind, the Kings brought in Brooks, not to take time away from Evans or Fredette, but to play with them and improve the team overall. The addition wasn’t a sign that either player had fallen out of favor, but rather a move to help both Evans and Fredette grow as NBA players and sometimes that means playing out of your comfort zone, tough as that might be for a period of time.

What do I make of the report? Neither player is asking to be traded nor do I believe they will. They’re professionals and they’re doing their jobs, however, that job could be a bit more ideal in their eyes – for Evans, playing his preferred style and for Fredette – playing 20+ minutes a night. If a trade happened to be out there that allowed either of them to find themselves in a more ideal situation, they certainly wouldn’t be upset with it – but they’re not asking to be traded nor are they unhappy playing in Sacramento.

That all said, hard not to be interested in making some offers if you’re one of 29 other NBA franchises.

But that doesn’t mean the Kings are interested in biting.

Tags: Aaron Brooks Isaiah Thomas Jimmer Fredette Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans

  • http://www.facebook.com/dreichner David Reichner

    Lakers need to sign Jimmer to back up Nash and then be ready to take his place in three years or sooner.

    • Bort


  • http://twitter.com/Kingsguru21 Nate Hughart

    “But keep in mind, the Kings brought in Brooks, not to take time away
    from Evans or Fredette, but to play with them and improve the team

    I don’t agree with this. I think the Kings brought Brooks in to play the minutes that Fredette might have gotten off the bench this season. Any way you slice it, Fredette is 3rd on the PG depth chart right now.

    I don’t see how Tyreke really will be a SF this season with James Johnson on the team. There is no reason to play Tyreke at the SF when you have a guy like Johnson who is capable of starting and when Tyreke’s best position is at the SG spot to begin with. (Assuming you believe in positions.)

    Either way, it is what it is. If Tyreke is uncomfortable, maybe that will help him grow up a bit and move in the right direction that this Kings team badly needs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1518213723 Cindy Lawson

    what a mess…too many guards and no true rolls. I’m sorry but Reke needs to ride the pine and come off the bench. The only position he fits in at is shooting guard and he doesn’t shoot well for the NBA. You have to start Marcus Thorton at that position with Johnson. I have a little hope for this year, but it sure would be nice to get something for Reke and Jimmer…they dont fit in here.

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  • kobe8

    Who gives a shit your the sacramento kings…..you are losers….hahaha……lakers!!!

    • Fuck The Lakers

      i hope u die

    • kobe8_isaSCRUB

      eat shit bitch

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